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Low and Dark Fantasy Careers
by Alex H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/23/2020 06:28:19

Has a stack of careers from the fairly generic but useful through to downright unusual - like the flagellant. A few are from the Core Rules (Druid, and Cleric is only slightly different to Priest), but they do have recommended starting talents and equipment, so if you're after that they might be helpful. In any case, plenty of unique stuff in here. I did find some useful careers and talents for my setting and came back to throw a couple of $$ at the creator.



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Sunfall
by Dave F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/09/2020 14:29:57

I really can't write a review for this product that weighs heavily enough on how fantastic it truly is. In each carefully detailed section, it is absolutely clear that this is is a labor of love.

Sunfall is well written, to the degree that I often wish it were a novel and not just a Genesys RPG supplement. It has all the makings of an edge-of-your-seat page turner, the world and its inhabitants being highly detailed and interconnected. Anastasia's writing inspires drama and great storytelling.

As an RPG supplement however, this translates into world-building tools and setting lore that will fully immerse your players, as well as a fair example for how to create the same in your own settings. Sunfall is absolutely packed with unique new material: gripping adventure seeds, clever and thematic game mechanics (Rules for intraparty conflict, secrets, and possession? Yes, please!!), and a stunning array of new careers, magic, talents, and adversaries.

Whether you're looking for a truly unique setting in which to run games, or for inspiriation and tools for building your own, you will not be disappointed by what Sunfall brings to the table (see what I did there? ;).



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Way of the Scorpion
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/04/2020 16:04:39

Not only does this book provide a who's who of Scorpion Clan leaders (and enough back story on them to easily incorporate them into your game), but it also provides extensive rules and guidance for poisons, ninja, and playing the most duplicit of clans.



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Unexpected Allies
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/04/2020 16:01:13

A who's who of Rokugan leading up to and including the Clan War. A good collection of random strangers who are destined to leave their mark on the Empire.



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Secrets of the Crane
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/29/2020 11:00:50

For 2nd ed. L5R or 3rd ed. D&D, this book is a very useful tool. It is also valuable for those interested in any edition of L5R who want a better understanding of the Crane. Focusing on one of the great clans of Rokugan, this book provides history, geography, unique customs, and even secrets unknown by those outside the clan. It also includes good detail on the vassal families in service to the main families, allowing players a whole new aspect to choose when creating characters.



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Legend of the Five Rings: Path of Waves
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/29/2020 10:46:45

This is the perfect book for those looking for an unconventional character in L5R 5th ed. With many new options for ronin characters, it also includes information regarding gaijin. So, if you want your character to have a very uncomfortable life, this book shows the path. That said, it does also provide information on a few new locations on the map where ronin are a bit more accepted, for when the going gets too hard.



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Legend of the Five Rings: The Great Clans
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/29/2020 10:14:32

This is a good book that gives extensive treatment to the great clans of Rokugan.

My one disappointment was that the description for this item mentions coverage of the vassal families that serve the great clans (it is one of three bullet points on the back of the book). However, the book only provides about a paragraph for each vassal family. While this book included one or two families not listed in my other books, the "Secrets of the..." clan book series from 2nd ed. L5R provided much more information regarding these families (i.e.- If you wanted to know about Doji family vassals, you would find much more information in "Secrets of the Crane"). This is especially relevant, as no mechanical considerations are provided for any of the vassals in this book. The advantage this book has over the "Secrets..." books is that this book lists the vassal families from ALL of the great clans.

Ultimately, it is THE book for 4th edition L5R regarding the great clans, but if you are looking for vassal family information, you would be better served elsewhere.



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Otosan Uchi
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/29/2020 09:59:18

A great book that gives a full view of the Rokugani capital. Providing almost 900 individual locations within the City, there is more than enough material to keep players and gamemasters occupied for extensive campaigns.

In addition, this book includes adventures that see players involved in the events of the Scorpion Clan Coup. Providing three separate adventure paths (based upon where players are at the start of the Coup: inside the Imperial City, in the City at large, or outside the walls of Otosan Uchi), the book also provides points where players might jump from one path to another based upon their actions. Using the adventure paths, gamemasters can see nearly every aspect of these five days, from start to finish.

A note for those considering the print version of this book: Be aware that this book comes in at 280 pages when considering soft cover or hard cover.



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Legend of the Five Rings: Atlas of Rokugan
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2020 13:52:16

I would give this book six stars if I could. This 4th edition L5R book clearly defines the boundaries of each established province and describes in great detail the major points of interest in each, thus clearing up some of the vagaries or confusing content from earlier editions. You will find in some cases that the content of this book conflicts with some other maps, but gamemasters are free to pick and choose just as before (such as the exact location of Shiro Usagi, which was moved further north on 2nd ed. maps, but is now located more fitting to the 1st ed. map). This definitive source would be a great addition to any L5R library for understanding the political and geographic shifts of Rokugan (no matter which edition you play).

In addition, if one has a keen eye, you might note that there are some areas on the map that seem not to be covered by the established provinces. This allows gamemasters to establish their own small provinces, or drop in supplemental ones (such as the Naishou Province from the book of the same name).



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Game Master's Pack and Screen: Hare Clan
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2020 13:16:45

A great tool for gamemasters, providing tips and additional cultural information unintended for players. It also comes with an entertaining adventure.

The reason why I gave this item four stars instead of five is that, outside of the screen art and the adventure (which is about half of this product) this item is identical to the "Game Master's Pack and Screen: The Silence Within Sound". So, for gamemasters who are interested in running all of the L5R adventures in pre-coup era, you are buying half this product twice.



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Game Master's Pack and Screen: The Silence Within Sound
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2020 13:15:51

A great tool for gamemasters, providing tips and additional cultural information unintended for players. It also comes with an entertaining adventure.

The reason why I gave this item four stars instead of five is that, outside of the screen art and the adventure (which is about half of this product) this item is identical to the "Game Master's Pack and Screen: The Hare Clan". So, for gamemasters who are interested in running all of the L5R adventures in pre-coup era, you are buying half this product twice.



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Legend of the Five Rings: Imperial Archives
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2020 13:03:59

A very good book expounding on the role of government during the 4th edition era, including the origin, duties and powers of the Shogun. In addition to the cultural and political details covered in this book, it also provides six "lost minor clans". The book gives a good overview of these clans from their inception through their (possible) destruction. Any would be applicable in any era, with most being a great option for players who want to get their characters into a clan at its inception, or for gamemasters who want an antagonist which their players can destroy without upsetting the greater Empire.



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Character Travelogue: Phoenix
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2020 12:55:48

A character sheet, and then some. The travelogue begins with the basic character sheet and then is followed by pages for extended inventories of spells, items, advantages and disadvantages, allies and enemies, and even includes pages to expound on the characters physical appearance, personality and beliefs. Pages are also alloted for extensive entries on glory and honoraries, lands held, marital status, etc. In addition to pages dedicated to the individual, the travelogue includes a brief summary of the seven tenets of bushido.

That said, the majority of this is left blank to allow the full chronicle of the life of the character from birth through his death. It even has a section reserved for the characters final haiku, and their will (what happens to their possessions and property now that they are dead).



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Rokugan
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2020 12:43:36

A great book that allows d20 fans to play in the world of L5R, providing gamers with clans, lands and histories. As L5R was designed as a living world, this edition is set approximately 40 years after the events of the 1st edition RPG book.

The only downside to this book is that (unlike all other editions of L5R) it is more of a campaign setting as opposed to a full rule book. This book is designed with the idea that the group has copies of the D&D 3rd edition core book, DMG, and Oriental Adventures books.



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Legend of the Five Rings: Naishou Province
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2020 09:31:27

Although written for 4th edition L5R, this book provides a detailed overview of a specific province that can be dropped into most clan lands, and is appropriate for nearly all time periods. As the province in question is contested, this can also be used to provide players a chance to find themselves running a province.

The book provides the province's history, geography, and key locations (including cities, shrines, natural points of interest, and numerous villages of various sizes and roles). It also provides information on important NPC's, from their backgrounds to their motivations.

While a gamemaster would have to retool the mechanics present in this book, I recommend it for anyone running any form of L5R game.



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